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Panasonic Eluga I9: $115 gets you this 5-inch smartphone with quad-core, 3GB RAM, 13MP-5MP camera

For the budget-conscious, you can consider Panasonic Eluga I9 with enough features and functions to be your trusted companion while on a budget.

This budget series by Panasonic actually started just a month ago with the release of Eluga I5 which has the following specs:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~294 ppi density
  • Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6737 chipset, Quad-core 1.25 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP1 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 3G
  • November 2017 release date
  • 6,499 Indian Rupee or ~$99 USD

Eluga I5 presents a pretty decent 5-inch HD IPS screen, great Dragontrail Glass protection, fingerprint sensor, entry-level performance, good 13MP-5MP camera and 2500 mAh battery to providew for a great entry-level experience.

Not content with that, Panasonic decided to come out with Eluga I9 to cater to this crowd even further. Here’s the lowdown for the smartphone then:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~294 ppi density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Panda Glass protection
  • Mediatek MT6737 chipset, Quad-core 1.25 GHz Cortex-A53 chipset and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2017 release date
  • 9,499 Indian Rupee or ~$115 USD

Presenting to you the all-new Eluga I9, a smartphone to behold. Sporting a 5-inch HD IPS screen wrapped in a full unibody with a super-sleek design that is just 7.8 mm thick.

The unibody design not only protects it from wear and tear, but also makes it resistant to dust and humidity. With the 2.5D curved glass, it further enhances its look and feel to another level.

Under the hood of the Eluga I9 is in the entry-level range with the MT6737 chipset, slow quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. Good enough for your basic social media apps and some light browsing. Definitely a no-no when it comes to gaming, as it will be severely limited in that sense.

Camera-wise, the 13MP-5MP provides for an average point-and-shoot camera experience. The 13MP auto-focus rear camera has the power to capture mesmerizing pictures. Adding more to the camera, it also has multi-camera modes that lets you edit your pictures without the need for an external software. Then the 5MP selfie camera makes the package complete.

In terms of storage, the 32GB internal storage provides for enough space for you to install your favorite apps. Should you need more space, just pop in a microSD card and it can easily upgrade your space with an additional 128GB.

Last but not least, the 2500 mAh battery is more than capable to power up the Eluga I9 for a full day of charge.

Conclusion:

Panasonic Eluga I9 is a slight upgrade to the Eluga I5. By costing just $16 USD more, you get the benefit of a great unibody design, 2.5D curved glass, an additional 1GB RAM, twice the amount of storage at 32GB and 4G connectivity.

The Panasonic Eluga I9 had just been released for 9,499 Rupees or ~$115 USD and comes in Space Grey, Champagne Gold and Blue colors.

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